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Poppy Illsley was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1989. At secondary school she met Jade, they have been best friends since. Poppy studied Fine Art at Oxford University, where she specialised in film. After graduating she went to teach Art and Science at The English School of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar. She then returned to England and set up Tiamat Film, then Always the Kraken, with Jade. She is currently living precariously between London, Berlin and Turin.